Balfour Beatty nets Viking Link bounty

In: CablesInterconnectors

Balfour Beatty has secured a £90 million contract to deliver the British onshore civil works for the
Viking Link Interconnector Project. The work is being carried out on behalf of joint venture partners and transmission system operators, National Grid and Energinet.

When completed,
Viking Link will be a 760 km long DC interconnector line between Revsing in southern Jutland, Denmark and Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK. The project is expected to help boost the energy security of both countries during periods of high demand. The total value of the electrical connection amounts to approximately €2 billion. It includes around 625km of subsea cable and is expected to be fully commissioned in 2023.

As part of its four-year contract, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the civil engineering and installation of 68 kilometres of high voltage cabling across Lincolnshire. Works are due to commence in January 2020, with completion scheduled for the end of 2023. At peak construction, the Balfour Beatty will employ a workforce of 160 including two apprentices.

Ian Currie, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution business said: “We are delighted to be contributing to this landmark project which will support the Government’s carbon reduction target and provide numerous homes across Great Britain with access to sustainable electricity.

“Our expert teams have years of experience and in-depth knowledge in delivering complex high voltage cabling projects and we look forward to providing National Grid and Energinet with a comprehensive solution which will ensure safe and efficient delivery.”

Mike Elmer, Viking Link Project Director for National Grid Ventures, said: “This contract is a major milestone in the next part of the project. We’re pleased to be working with Balfour Beatty, who will deliver the onshore cable installation section of the Viking Link Interconnector between landfall site at Sandilands and the Converter Station at Bicker Fen.

“Viking Link will enable Great Britain to import and export electricity; provide a secure supply of affordable electricity and play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on our journey to a net zero carbon energy system.”

Viking Link contractors also include Prysmian and NKT who have been selected as cable suppliers for the 1.4 GW DC connection, while Siemens has been inked in to supply two converters or converter stations. Construction of the converter stations is scheduled to begin next year (2020), with cable-laying set to take place between 2020 and 2023.

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